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Production partner for Lightyear One selected: Valmet Automotive

Lightyear One will be produced by one of the world’s largest vehicle contract manufacturers

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After a thorough and extensive selection process which took over a year, we are thrilled to share that Lightyear selected Valmet Automotive as production partner for Lightyear One.

Based in Finland, Uusikaupunki, Valmet Automotive is a car manufacturer with over 50-years of experience and around 1.7 million built cars. Next to working with well-established brands, Valmet Automotive has developed experience in working with start-ups and has been involved in the production of electric cars for over more than 10 years already.

Valmet Automotive is keen to make a smooth transition from combustion to clean and efficient vehicles while ensuring flexibility and staying ahead of the developments in the EV market. Over the past years and in line with this strategy, the company has invested significantly in engineering and testing capabilities for electric vehicles powertrain developments.

"Our focus on electric mobility and battery systems make us predestined for processes in which mobility must be redefined. We are pleased that Lightyear has selected us as their production partner.” - Olaf Bongwald, CEO of Valmet Automotive

The announcement of this important partnership comes just a few weeks after we took our latest Validation Prototype on the test track, where it drove 710 kilometres on a single charge of a 60 kWh battery.

We are excited to embark on this journey with Valmet Automotive and work together to get the first cars delivered to our customers next year.

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